J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode VII

The L.A. Times has confirmed that J.J. Abrams, who directed the latest two Star Trek movies, will direct the first Disney film of the Star Wars franchise. The first film is projected to be released sometime in 2015. Link

This, of course, led sci-fi and movie geeks all over the internet to crack jokes about Abrams confusing the two space franchises, and speculate about the signature Abrams lens flare effect, seen in the image above posted by ‏@DaveVzla. Here are some from the Metafilter comments:

Is the USS Enterprise going to do the Kessel run in under 12 parsecs now?

No, but the Millennium Falcon is going to do the Corbomite Maneuver.

There's going to be a great scene where X-Wing Pilots 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42 attack a Death Star only to discover its made of smoke.

Spock with a lightsaber would be pretty badass, though.

Revenge of the Lens Flare amirite?!?

The Empire thought it had eliminated all the little vulnerabilities from the newest Death Star, and the rebels could not do anything to stop it... until someone figured out how to beam photon torpedoes into the middle decks.

I heard Peter Jackson is being tapped to direct Episode 8, but he's going to do it in 3 parts.


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